Currently reading: Lexus UX 300e: Order books open for brand's first EV
Indicative starting price of £43,900 means new electric crossover is eligible for plug-in vehicle grant
James Attwood, digital editor
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10 August 2020

Lexus has opened order books for the UX 300e, its first electric production car, with final prices expected to start at £43,900.

The electric crossover's sub-£50,000 entry cost makes it eligible for the government's £3000 plug-in vehicle grant, unlike premium rivals including the Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge P8.

The UX 300e will be sold in just one specification, but two option packs are available: Premium Plus, which bumps the price up to £47,400, and Takumi, which adds another £6100 and therefore exceeds the cut-off for the grant.

Standard features include automatic LED headlights, heated front seats, parking sensors, a reversing camera, 17in alloy wheels and smartphone integration.

Premium Plus adds leather seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, keyless entry and a wireless smartphone charger, while top-rung Takumi includes an upgraded sound system, a larger (10.3in) infotainment screen, a 360deg camera, 18in alloys and a sunroof. 

Customer deliveries are set to get under way in 2021 and a final price list will be published in October. 

The UX 300e, which was originally revealed at the Guangzhou motor show in China last year, arrives with a front-mounted motor that produces 201bhp and 221lb ft of torque. Energy comes from a 54.3kWh underfloor lithium ion battery offering a claimed range of 196 miles on the official WLTP testing regime.

The SUV is capable of DC rapid-charging from 0-80% in 52 minutes. It features a number of driving modes so that the performance of the motor can be better managed, along with paddles to alter the strength of the regenerative braking.

Lexus says the UX 300e, built on parent company Toyota’s GA-C platform, has been developed with a focus on on-road performance and the goal of offering a quiet and refined driving experience. To balance the new powertrain, extra bracing has been added over the regular UX hybrid and the dampers reworked to maintain optimum weight distribution.

According to Lexus, the UX 300e’s powertrain draws on learnings from the firm’s long-running hybrid system and features a temperature management system that balances power at low and high temperatures. It's capable of 0-62mph in 7.5sec and has a top speed of 100mph.

As part of the focus on refinement, Lexus has fitted extra insulation to reduce wind and road noise, along with an Active Sound Control system that “transmits natural, ambient sounds to communicate the driving conditions”.

Smartphone integration will allow owners to check battery charge and remaining range remotely, be notified when charging is complete and pre-condition the car using the climate controls.

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The styling of the UX has been largely maintained, including the brand’s distinctive large front grille. The UX 300e does gain new aerodynamic-influenced wheels, with the charging port located on the rear pillar where the fuel filler usually is.

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22 November 2019

Should be a good electric car  choice  and of course be totally reliable as all Toyota/Lexus car,s seem to be

22 November 2019

Barf, an SUV. Only plonkers drive SUVs. Give us a 3 series sized RWD electric saloon.

22 November 2019
John Fox wrote:

Barf, an SUV. Only plonkers drive SUVs. Give us a 3 series sized RWD electric saloon.

Unfortunately the majority of the car buying public do what they are told: The motoring press tell you SUVs are fashionable, practical, and what you need, the dealers tell you the same, and the manufacturers love these things because they can charge more for them. What is the poor consumer to do?

23 November 2019

Only plonkers write  such comment !

23 November 2019

It's called a Tesla Model 3. And, having owned both, the Tesla is from another planet. In a good way.

23 November 2019
Technomad wrote:

It's called a Tesla Model 3. And, having owned both, the Tesla is from another planet. In a good way.

Considering the article is about an unreleased vehicle, your comment lacks credibility, but maybe you're comparing your Tesla Model 3 to Lexus as a brand? For me there is no comparison based on my experience compared to that of my Model 3-owning neighbour.

Its hard to say whether I get more fun from watching my neighbor's Model 3 get flatbedded yet again, or watching them shout and tap endlessly at their iWatches hoping for the call to connect properly. There is no arguing that their Model 3 has great acceleration for joining traffic from cold in the morning, but I think they'd take their Evoque back, all-forgiven, after Tesla reliability.

Four doors down, I drive a Lexus, and combined with othe Lexus models we've owned, we have had over 300,000 miles of faultless rattle-free scheduled-maintenance-only ownership. Yes, I need a larger gap joining traffic every day but then I don't get honked at every day for causing other drivers to brake as I 'power-merge'...

14 January 2020
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22 November 2019

A rather plain and mundane car but it has a Lexus badge and so the bought-up media would fawn over it and sing its praises... 

When you look at the design and compare it to the Mach-E it pales in comparison. the interior too is less innovative and modern than the Mustang but again the media would find ways to talk it up while they would save their harsh criticisms for the Mach-E... 

22 November 2019
Factczech wrote:

A rather plain and mundane car but it has a Lexus badge and so the bought-up media would fawn over it and sing its praises... 

When you look at the design and compare it to the Mach-E it pales in comparison. the interior too is less innovative and modern than the Mustang but again the media would find ways to talk it up while they would save their harsh criticisms for the Mach-E... 

Really? The motoring press aren't usually fawning over Lexus' Fords maybe, anything German definitely, but not Lexus.

22 November 2019

If you can live with the looks (I actually quite like most of it apart from the gawping grille) then this looks a pretty good option.

Lexus interior quality and reliability, refined torquey drive and decent range. 

What about the price though?

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